Multilingual Access in Public Libraries

Serving the Whole Community: Multilingual Access in Public Libraries

an ALCTS program at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference
Saturday, June 28 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Anaheim, California

The population of North America continues becoming richer and more diverse, linguistically and culturally. As this process continues, the need for multilingual access through library catalogs and other services has moved well beyond the major urban centers, in addition to multilingual collection development. What are the multilingual needs of public library users today? How are they being met, what is needed, and what developments can we look forward to?


Mary Catherine Little, Queens Borough Public Library
Pat Fahrenthold, Chief of Technical Services, San Francisco Public Library
Lisa Elliott, Project Manager, Language Sets, OCLC
Shelley Ekeroth, County of Los Angeles Public Library

Sponsored by

ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section

Cosponsored by

PLA Cataloging Needs of Public Libraries Committee

Program Chairs: David Miller and Sally Smith